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Mr. Pearson's death contained in Mr. bourers to this part of the Lord's vineyard. Higgs's letter, we doubt not they will be Not only one or two, occasionally ; but stimulated to renewed efforts in its behalf,
if three, at least, regularly every year. Expe
rience has shown that, yearly, two or more, by the information it gives of the state of through divers causes, are removed. Bengal coinparative feebleness, to which the mission becomes daily more interesting in a missionin Bengal has been reduced, and of the de
ary point of view. At Calcutta, a great stir mand likely to arise out of recent occurrences
is taking place among the young men who
received their education at the Hindoo Col. in that quarter, for increased missionary la lege. Several of them have openly renounced bour.
idolatry, and are now merely deists. A number of newspapers, both in English and
Bengalee, have been set on foot by them, in Extracts of a Letter from the Rev. A. F. La
which the Hindoo system is fully exposed croix, Missionary at Calcutta, dated 9th
and attacked. Meetings, of all kinds, are Tovember, 1831, addressed to the Rev. H.
taking place among them. All this will Townley.
show you what an important field for misMY DEAR BROTHER,
sionary exertions this is at the present period,
and yet we are so few, so very few! Oh! I have a mournful piece of intelligence to pray for us, that double grace, zeal, and communicate to you. Our dear brother energy may be given us, that this may, in Pearson is no more! Since last spring his some measure, make up our loss in number. strength has failed, owing to a want of tone My own sphere of labour is daily increasing, in the digestive organs. He tried the Sand I preach twelve or fourteen times a week in Heads, but was obliged to return as soon as the most populous parts of Calcutta and he reached Kedgeree, as he could not bear Kidderpore. The congregations are extremethe motion of the vessel. On his arrival at ly gratifying, both as to number and attenCalcutta, however, he was advised to proceed tion. At Hatkolah, which I attend every to England, and had actually taken his pas Thursday evening, I have commenced a sesage in the very ship which conveys this ries of Discourses on the Evidences of Christi. letter ; but it pleased the Lord to remove anity, which are listened to, apparently, with him to a better world yesterday, at half-past much interest by numbers of very respectable one, a. m. I was with him at the time. people, Brahmins and others. llis death was peaceful-his confidence in " I purpose, with Mr.Gogerly, visiting Saugor the Redeemer unshaken to the end. Oh, againat the bathing festival, and afterwards to may my end be like his !
itinerate as far as the river Brunchopattro (or He was interred in the New Scots' burial Burrampooter, Jin Jessore, Backergunge, Dace ground, close to the grave of dear John ca Jelalpore; in which places favourable in
Idam. His funeral was attended by the dications begin to be perceived. When we reMissionaries of all denominations, residing turn, should the Lord spare my life, I shall in Calcutta.
write to you again; and shall be glad to hear Thus, in less than eight months, two valu from you sometimes. Thank God, I enjoy able members of our body are gone. This excellent health, and so does my family. leaves the mission just as it was, or rather Our brethren are all pretty well. Mrs. Hill weaker than it was, at the time Messrs. Chris and children have just arrived in salety. tie and Higgs came, for the two who are gone, Mr. Buyers too. He has left, for Benares, were actually engaged in the work, whilst the already. I am, &c. &c. two newly arrived are only preparing for it.
(Signed) A. F. Lacroix. O, how much faith, indeed, is required to enable one to say, “ Amen,” to these dispen
DEATII OF MRS. SCHMELEN. sations!
JIr. Higgs is now alone at Chinsurah. The It is with much concern the Directors also English chapel is ready, and will be opened
announce the decease of Mrs. SCHMELEN, next Thursday week; but the native work, the native work, the natite work; that is at a (wife of the Rev. H. Schmelen, Missionary stand at Chinsiirah. The chapels are closed at Komaggas, South Africa,) who departed -the trees from under which the gospel used this life on the 6th of April, 1831. The fo!. to be proclaimed are now deserted; and the
lowing communication from her bereaved
for place, as far as the heathen are concerned, is in a worse state si. e. as to the efficiency of husband, contains a few particulars of the the mission] than when you first went to it; mournful event; and shows that the deceased for Mr. Higgs, of course, is not able, as yet,
rendered, in different ways, useful and imto preach in Bengalee, and no other missionary can be spared from any place.
portant services in the Mission. Her loss to My dear brother, allow me to suggest the the Society is, of course, great ; and will be propriety of the Directors sending more la proportionably felt and lamented.
Komaggas, 10th May, 1831. afraid to converse with me; but to her they Hoxouned Fathens,
opened their minds freely. She occasionally
prayed in the social prayer-meetings; and, The printing of the four Gospels in the though not in possession of what are called Namacqua language was finished the begin great gifts, poured out her petitions with great ning of last March. As my wife had been fervency. Indeed, her prayers sometimes for four years in a declining state of health, seemed to have more effect upon my hearers, so her desire, during that period, always was, than my own preaching. She is now no more that they might be printed before she died. here, and I and my dear children and people Notwithstanding her weakness, she was al. are suffering from the loss of her ; but we ways willing to assist in the work, as far as must submit to the will of our heavenly possible. As soon as we had finished the Father, and say, “ Thy will be done.” I shall correction of it, at Cape Town, she expressed write to you again soon. Remember me in an earnest desire that we might again return your prayers. into the country, if possible, to Namacqua
H. SCHMELEN. land. As soon, therefore, as the printing of the Gospels was finished, I made preparations for that purpose, and arrived at Komaggas on the 3rd of last month. We had not been
DEATH OF THE REV. IIENRY CRISP. more than three days at home, when I observed that my wife was unable to breathe,
We had, as we imagined, closed this mebut with great difficulty. I prayed with her lancholy article with the mournful informaand commended her into the hands of our tion contained in the preceding communicaheavenly Father. She then repeated after
tions, when the arrival of letters from India me, in a voice loud and distinct, as though nothing ailed her, several verses which we had
brought us the painful intelligence of the been accustomed to sing together. She, on decease of the Rev. Henry Crisp, Missionary her part, commended me and our children to
at Salem, whose name we now add, with the care of our God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. After prayer, it being night,
deep sorrow, to the catalogue of mortality she requested that I would retire to my bed,
for the past year. which was in another room. Being unwilling Mr. H. Crisp was sent out by the Society to leave her, I told her that I should recline
to the East Indies, in 1827, having received my head on a trunk placed just behind her. In about an hour afterwards, my servant and
his appointment, as the colleague of the one of my daughters who attended on her,
Rev. W. Howell, Missionary at Cuddapah ; awoke me, when I found them crying. My but on his arrival in India it was found that wife had become so weak, as to be almost
his services would not be needed at that unable to speak ; but, apparently with an effort to collect all her strength, she managed place. On the recommendation of Messrs. to utter these words, “ Lord Jesus! come now Tyerman and Bennet (who were, at that and take me up into thy eternal kingdom. I time, visiting the several stations of the have finished the work which thou gavest me
Society in the Peninsula), he was, thereto do ; I am weary of the present world, and now desire to be with thee!”.
fore, provisionally designated, by the Madras She had long before been prepared for this District Committee, to Salem; to which city change, and many times had told me, that, if important considerations had previously diit were the Lord's will, she was willing to
rected the attention of the Deputation, as a die, so likewise that she was willing to live longer, should that be her gracious Lord's will. very eligible place for the establishment of a
It is now more than sixteen years since she new mission. Mr. Crisp cheerfully acceded was convinced, by the Spirit of God, of her to this arrangement, which was subsequently natural depravity, and was enabled to place her sole reliance on the merits of the Lord
sanctioned by the Directors. Jesus Christ; being fully convinced that there
Mr. Crisp commenced his labours at is nothing good in ourselves on which we can Salem, aided by two Christian natives depend for salvation. This is the doctrine
from Bangalore, on the 25th of October, which I preach-this is the doctrine which the Bible sets forth; and I do not, in the
1827, from which time, to the period of least, doubt that her death was her gain.
his death, the mission more or less rapidly I believe she was very useful among the advanced, both as to extent and efficiency people at the several places where we have of labour. Mr. Crisp rejoiced in the pros. been stationed in South Africa. She always laboured, in particular, to render herself use.
pects of usefulness which successively ful to her own sex, by conversing with them opened before him ; but, alas! he had about divine things. Some of them were soon to endure the greatest of domestic
afflictions. On the 7th of May, 1829, he of our Society; but the task which Provi. was deprived by death of Mrs. Crisp, his dence has now caused to devolve upon me is
the most melancholy I have ever had to best earthly companion, and most interesting
perform. In this instance, near relationship assistant in the mission. Her piety was and strong attachment to the deceased greatly fervent; her compassion towards the heathen enhance my loss and aggravate my sorrow.
It has pleased the Most High, in his inconspicuous; her devotedness to the work
finitely wise, but, to us, mysterious proviexemplary. This affictive bereavement, Mr.
dence, to remove, from the present state of
dence. to remove Crisp, although piously resigned to the di- labour and trial, my beloved and revered vine will, felt with great severity; and it is brother. This unexpected and deeply af
flictive event took place at Salem on the probable that his constitution then received
28th of October. It was preceded by only a shock from which it never wholly recovered. about eighteen hours of dangerous illness" ;
The following letter, from his brother, the for although my brother had been unwell for Rev. Edmund Crisp, Missionary of the SoTissionary of the Son some weeks-indeed, so unwell that his me
dical attendant had told him he must leave ciety at Combaconum, giving an account of
the station for six months, as soon as he his decease, will be perused by our readers should be able to travel (being then under a with melancholy interest, and, by the mem course of mercury)—yet no idea was enterbers of the Society especially, with feelings
tained that his indisposition was attended
with any immediate danger. On the mornof no ordinary regret, at the loss which it
ing of the 27th he took a dose of castor oil, has sustained by that painful event, as well which is said to have produced its natural as of deep sympathy with his family, who and proper effect at noon. Towards the have been deprived of so pious, valuable, prived of so pious. valuable. latter part of the day violent diarrhæa en
sued. This yielded to the influence of and amiable a relative. It is our earnest
medicine, and was subdued; but the system prayer, that all parties concerned may be of the dear sufferer was so much exhausted, enabled to bow, with entire and profound that his strength never rallied. He lay in á submission, to the will of God, as expressed
state of composure, but of extreme weakness,
all night. At break of day (on the 28th) it in this dispensation—that it may be over
was clearly perceived that his life was fast ruled by him for extensive good that the drawing to a close; and at ten o'clock he vacated station may be supplied with a mis gradually sunk into the arms of death. At sionary, who, with a gentleness and a zeal
the time when his spirit took its departure,
Isaac and the other native Christians were equal to those of the lamented deceased,
praying around his bed, and he is said to may successfully carry forward the mission, have been perfectly sensible; but, as far as which it was his honour and happiness so
I have been able to learn, nothing dropped
from his lips which indicated an idea that auspiciously to commence--and that many
his removal from the present world was at pious youths at home, may be seriously led, hand. Indeed, all which he did and said by the following touching recital, to dedi. leaves the very opposite impression; and it cate themselves to the work of the Lord is evident that, in an hour when he ex
pected not, the languor and exhaustion of a among the heathen ; with this, among other
bed of sickness were exchanged for glory, cheering encouragements, that (as appears honour, and immortality. This being the from the letter), it is possible to make case, we cannot be said to have the benefit of a considerable preparatory impression on
his dying testimony; but in his whole course
we have one continued and unvarying proof their uninstructed minds, by the attractive
of his supreme admiration of the gospel, and spectacle of disinterested benevolence, habi- its glorious Author, and his unreserved detual meekness and humility, and a holy votedness to the great work of diffusing the conversation and life as exhibited by the savour of the name of Christ among the
heathen. Christian missionary.
His character and his labours are too well Letter of Rev. Edmund Crisp, Missionary at
known by you to require any extended state. Combaconum, dated 22nd November, 1831,
ment from me ; but, having visited the spot addressed to the Treasurer.
while he was in the midst of his active la
bours, and now again, since death has brought MY DEAR ŞIR,
them to so unexpected a close, I cannot reSince I left my native land, ten years ago, frain from mentioning how greatly he was it has more than once fallen to my lotto revered, and how deeply he is lamented, by transmit the mournful tidings that death had the inhabitants of the place. Even the hea. taken away valued and efficient missionaries then, witnessing his purity of life, and his disinterested devotedness, were compelled to glorify God our heavenly Father. "If they but partially understood his doctrine, yet they could read his conduct; and from their own lips I had numerous assurances that they feel his death to be a grievous loss. He had completely gained their confidence, and they were glad to trust him with the education of their children: and he improved every opportunity afforded for beseeching them to be reconciled to God.
When at Namacull, on the 11th, in my way to Salem, the people, knowing who I was, began to tell me of him, as having visited the place, gone among the inhabitants, gathered them around him, and talked to them of God. This was at a distance of thirty miles from Salem, and there I heard numerous statements of the same kind. It was a great satisfaction to me to hear these remarks. They prove that Christian principle and holy zeal are respected even by those who are not yet prepared to obey the gospel. When the remains of my dear brother were removed to the house appointed for all living, large crowds of natives attended, and evinced the deepest sorrow. Indeed, Isaac told me it was a day of general lamentation through
out the town. The mournful task of inter. ment was performed by the sub-collector, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., a gentleman who attended the dear deceased from the hour that danger was apprehended ; watched his couch during the whole night; and, by his truly kind and assiduous attentions, did all he could to smooth and cheer the passage to the grave.
The dear orphans, now left without either parent, come, of course, under our care; and, respecting the arrangements which it may be necessary to make for their comfort and wel. fare, you will hear through the District Com. mittee. To them (the Committee) I am also writing respecting the station, and hope they will make some temporary provision for its wants. But I beg, also, most earnestly to recommend the mission to the early notice of the Directors. A good beginning is made. May God raise up some well-qualified labourers, to enter upon the field from which he has called away his devoted servant !
Soliciting an interest in your sympathy and prayers, and deeply sympathising with the Society in the loss they have sustained, I am, Your's, &c.,
(Signed) EDMUND Crisp.
MONTHLY MISSIONARY PRAYER-MEETING.
MADAGASCAR. In conformity with the principle laid down in the introduction of these Monthly Papers, which, in cases of peculiar prosperity or adversity, admits of a departure from the order observed in the arrangement of the Society's stations, particularly (as intimated in the paper for May, 1831,) at that season of the year when so many thousands of its members meet together for the purpose of unitedly supplicating the favour and blessing of God on the various operations of the Society, at home and abroad, and animating each other in the future prosecution of the work—we propose, on the present occasion, to deviate from that order, and to invite the more special attention of the Society to the favourable progress of its mission in the island of Madagascar.
Under the apprehension of that island becoming the seat of intestine war, and the kingdom of Hovah, in particular, the scene of hostile aggression, by a foreign and formidable enemy, we, in our paper for January, 1831, invited the members of the Society to present their supplications to the Father of Mercies, that the apprehended evils might be graciously averted; and that the spiritual results which appeared in connexion with the mission-then, indeed, comparatively very limited in their amount, but calculated, nevertheless, to excite gratitude and inspire hope-might be multiplied, and extended more and more, as the light which increaseth to the perfect day!
It is with much satisfaction we are enabled now to state, that, since that time, the movements, which then threatened serious political commotions in Madagascar, have happily ceased, and a state of general tranquillity throughout the island has ensued.* The Missionaries have received increased proof of the favourable disposition of the government towards themselves personally, and also towards the mission, the operations of which it
* We are concerned to state, that letters from Madagascar, received since this article was set up, mention the revival of intestine war in that island.
has, in various ways, aided. In the prosecution of their great object they have had to contend with fewer impediments of a political nature than formerly, while the mission itself have been attended with more distinguished success, and more decided encouragement, than have marked any antecedent period of its history.
The people are now left by the government at full liberty to pursue the convictions of their own minds, both in regard to the public avowal of their belief in Christianity, and the personal observance of its sacred rites and ordinances. Shortly after this toleration was made known, nearly thirty natives, who had previously afforded evidence of sincere reception of the truth, came forward, and were admitted to the Christian privileges of baptism and the Lord's Supper. This number has been subsequently increased to nearly seventy.* The number of the natives who manifest an earnest desire to attend the preaching of the gospel has greatly increased, and is still increasing. Two chapels have been opened at Tananarivo, also a place for stated public worship at Ambohimandroso, distant some miles from the city; all of which are well attended by apparently devout worshippers ; among whom are many who have not participated of the religious advantages afforded in the mission schools. Besides the places of worship already mentioned, several houses have been opened in the heart of the capital for meetings for prayer, and religious instruction and conversation ; one or other of which meetings are held each evening of the week.
The number of schools has not been increased, but the missionaries are looking forward to a considerable extension of their operations in this important department. According to the last returns, the number of schools in connexion with the mission was about sixty, and that of the scholars (who had much improved in their learning,) about 2500. A distinguished officer in the native army, zealous in promoting the object of the mission, has established an evening school at Tananarivo, where servants, and, indeed, every person who desires to attend, may go and receive religious and other instruction. From sixty to seventy persons attend this school, among which some have evinced great concern in regard to their spiritual interests.
The missionary artisans have, in their respective vicinities, very commendably provided the means of acquiring useful learning and religious instruction to the operatives in their employ, being natives ; of whom there are several hundreds. This arrangement has been attended with results equally gratifying and encouraging. On the other hand, the civil benefits imparted by the artisans in the prosecution of their respective callings, have tended to conciliate the regard of the natives towards the mission, and render them, generally speaking, more accessible to the means employed for their instruction and evangelization. Indeed, the people at length begin 10 feel convinced that the benefits conferred by the missionaries are designed for them, and are not intended, as they formerly supposed, to be exclusively reaped by the government.
The printing-press has been actively engaged in the printing of the Scriptures, together with hymn-books, catechisms, school. books, and tracts, in Malagasse, for which there is a great demand. Numerous copies of the New Testament have been distributed, some of which have reached many villages distant from sixty to eighty miles from the capital, and even the sea-coast, in different directions.
On the whole, from the later communications of the missionaries, the general state of the mission, together with those circumstances of the country, on which, under Providence, much of its stability, progress, and future success may be supposed eventually to depend, are such as to afford the most animating encouragement, and to awaken the most delightful anticipations. On the part of the native authorities, is evinced an increasing disposition to carry forwards plans favourable to the advancement of civilization to show personal kindness to the mis. sionaries—to further their beneficent designs—to allow, as already hinted, the people to pursue their own convictions as to the truth and obligations of Christianity ; while, in reference to the people themselves, it is gratifying to learn, that a spirit of inquiry has been dif. fused among them, which promises to extend itself not only in the capital and the surrounding country of the district in which it stands, but likewise in all the adjacent districts of the kinga
* From the further communications just received, it appears, that this number has been, subsequently, greatly augmented.